Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is interested in the vacant role at Sheffield Wednesday, reports Nancy Frostick of The Athletic. This is despite reports from The Telegraph’s John Percy suggesting that the Owls are in advanced talks with former Stoke City and Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis.
Wednesday are without a manager having parted company with Garry Monk on Monday.
Sven-Goran Eriksson Interested in Sheffield Wednesday Job Despite Tony Pulis Talks
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While Eriksson is best known in England for his spell in charge of the national team, the Swede has also managed at club level in this country.
A year after leaving his international role, he took over at Manchester City on a three-year deal in 2007, becoming the club’s first manager from outside of the UK in the process.
Despite a good start, City trailed off during the campaign and, after an 8-1 hammering away at Middlesbrough in the last game of the season, they finished ninth, which was enough to see Eriksson lose his job after just one season.
In 2010, he joined then-Championship strugglers Leicester City and guided them to within touching distance of the play-offs. However, they trailed off just like City had and ended up finishing tenth.
Eriksson’s last spell in England was in a director of football role at Notts County, then in League Two, following the club’s takeover by Middle East consortium Munto Finance. Having joined in July 2009, he left less than a year later, in February 2010, after the club’s large debts were uncovered.
Despite Eriksson’s name being in the mix for the Sheffield Wednesday job, the club have received numerous applications for the role.
Pulis the Favourite Despite Sven-Goran Eriksson Interest
It is currently believed, despite Eriksson’s interest, that Tony Pulis is the front-runner for the job.
John Percy stated on Twitter earlier that the club are in advanced talks with the Welshman, but that nothing has been confirmed on either side.
Pulis has been out of management since departing Middlesbrough at the end of the 2018/19 season.
Also among the candidates are former Macclesfield Town and Southend United boss Sol Campbell and current Plymouth Argyle manager and former Wednesday striker Ryan Lowe.
In addition, Frostick’s report for The Athletic states that Paul Cook, last at Wigan Athletic, and former Bristol City manager Lee Johnson, would consider taking up the role if the offer came.